The Black Girl In Om List: Liana naima.

Interview and introduction by Lauren Ash. Photography by Micole Guevara.

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The Divine Alchemist

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Liana Naima. Her first name literally signifies a climbing plant found in tropical rainforests. Because she has committed to navigating her own complicated and beautiful inner workings, she is empowered and equipped to help more of us navigate ours. Offering a haven in Brooklyn for more black women to activate our voices, spark inner liberation, shift consciousness, and ultimately move forward through reiki, breath work, and more healing modalities, Liana is a gift for those of us struggling to find an energy practitioner who we can share (and practice!) opening up about our wholeness with. Receive Liana’s ongoing wisdom on her Instagram, Twitter, or better yet, IRL by booking a session with her. And ICYMI our BGIO Podcast episode with Liana, perfect if you’re new to energy healing and curious about the chakras, was also community favorite. Now: elevate into Liana’s presence…

What is your go-to practice for grounding yourself?

My go-to grounding, meditative practice is very simple. I sit in silence with my eyes closed for 20 to 40 minutes. As I’m resting in that silence, I will observe my natural breath or do a gentle breath work pattern. In addition, I follow the sensations of my body and the impermanence of my thoughts. If I’ve just worked with an intense Reiki client, I will put an ice cube under my tongue and do Qi Gong postures to ground my energy.

What is One area of your life where you are calling in an energy of expansion?

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I am calling in an expansion into my wholeness. This has been a major year of remembrance for me as I continue to cleanse myself of illusions and false narratives preventing me from being in alignment with my highest potential. I find it important to not approach my healing journey from the perspective that I am broken or fragmented anymore, but from the perspective that I am simply remembering my whole being. I am remembering the girl I was before the conditioning and trauma. I feel more myself than ever before, so in this moment, I want to cultivate self-fulfillment as we’re eyeing 2019.

What is the most powerful lesson you've learned about healing the feminine mind, body, and soul?

A powerful lesson I’ve learned is the interconnectedness of the mind, body and soul. We talk about them as if they’re separate, but they’re in direct communication with each other and forming our present state of being. Consider asking yourself: What message is my mind signaling to my body (and vice versa)? Have I become addicted to a familiar mind and body state? Am I willing to let go of my familiar way of being to be in alignment with a higher state? Life will always be constant change (highs and lows), but this work creates internal space to dwell within the present moment more comfortably. The more you create internal space, the more your essence comes to the surface naturally.

What are ways that we can connect more spiritually with others that we encounter on a daily basis?

To connect more spiritually with others, I imagine that every person is my teacher. Every human being is either teaching me about myself, or helping me see the world from a new perspective. click to tweet I strive to look for the similarities of the human experience instead of searching for differences. Lastly, I try to approach every person from a space of compassion and understanding, since we’re living in very trying times right now.

Share a message to your highest self, the woman of your dreams who has risen.

You were always there. It just took me a while to remember.

How do you polish your inner voice to ensure that the dialogue is of abundance?

I strive to recognize that I am not my inner voice, story, or identity. I am an essence of creation and creation wants to express itself through me. I observe my inner voice as something separate from me, and focus on embodying and moving towards the feeling that I want to attract. If I want to attract more feelings of stability, I will practice meeting each moment from a place of stability.

What was one of your biggest struggles in creating your healing platform and how did you rise above it?

I struggled with impostor syndrome in the beginning because I couldn’t figure out how to brand sacred spiritual work. The answer is you can’t brand this work. It isn’t meant for mass consumption. It’s meant to be honored and shared amongst the people ready to turn inward and travel deeper within on their process of remembrance. I don’t try to brand my work or myself anymore, and it has provided the sweetest liberation. I create energy healing events from my heart. I create spaces for my clients to turn inward from my heart. I speak and share my truth from my heart. People that resonate with my work are resonating with how deeply I love myself and humanity as a whole.


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